Thursday, March 26, 2015
Light Blue, business management software designed specifically for photographers, has launched a new online contract signing service. The new release is an addition to Light Blue Software’s online services. Every subscriber will be able to send contracts to clients, and receive an electronically signed copy back from them. “As a photographer, it’s important you have a proper contract with your clients, but when a client tells you that they want to confirm a booking you want to make the process as quick and painless as possible,” Light Blue founder Tom Catchesides says. “We’ve designed the online contract signing services in Light Blue to be powerful, but really simple to use, so once you’ve got a template set up you send your contract out to them in just a few clicks. It’s all part of our commitment to building really useful software that’ll help streamline business admin and let photographers spend more time out taking pictures.”
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Akvis has announced a new software which turns images into pointillistic paintings. This painting technique is characterised by the application of paint in small dots and brush strokes. The new Akvis Points program includes ready-to-use presets for the pointillism effect, and it is also possible to add a signature, an inscription or a copyright watermark to the picture. The software runs on Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win 8 and on Mac OS X 10.6-10.10. A home license of the program is available for $49.
TeoreX, the company famed for its BatchInpaint, FolderIco, Inpaint, iResizer and PhotoSticher applications, has released PhotoScissors 2.0.Targeting users who don’t want to learn secrets of retouching, PhotoScissors makes background removal easy: the user marks foreground and background zones in the image and immediately sees the results, which can then be fine-tuned with a few mouse gestures. Version 2.0 provides a number of improvements to further enhance results and reduce time required to obtain them. In particular, the improved edge feathering algorithm plus the "Offset Boundary" option allow for much neater and more precise contours of the cut out object. The "Shadow" option quickly applies a transparent shadow to the picture, and the new interactive processing mode optionally allows applying all changes to the image in real time. The price for a single license of PhotoScissors is $19.99. PhotoScissors is available both for Windows and Mac OS.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Phase One today released Capture One Pro 8.2. This update adds support for the Fujifilm X-A2, Nikon D5500, Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and Samsung NX1 cameras and eleven lenses (one from Nikon, one from Sigma and nine from Zeiss), plus offers a new Colour Balance tool. Capture One Pro 8.2 is a free update to existing Capture One Pro 8 customers.
Monday, March 23, 2015
X-Rite are offering a one-year membership to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, worth £102, with all purchases of X-Rite’s ColorMunki Photo or i1Photo Pro 2. “When working in Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC or both, photographers need the confidence that they are seeing an accurate representation of their image. They need the reassurance that the adjustments they are making in these powerful applications will appear correctly on screen and in print,” commented Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director of X-Rite Photo Europe. “The ColorMunki Photo, i1Photo Pro 2 and i1Display Pro set the standard for accurate colour management technology. They provide users with the peace of mind they need to get creative with their images.” For more information, visit the website below.
Ashampoo Snap 8 is a desktop application that enables users to capture, edit and share screen contents either as single images or videos. This version comes with basic OCR/text recognition allowing users to convert e-mail addresses and text from photos, scanned documents or PDF files into editable computer text. Another addition is the picture-in-picture feature that includes output from your webcam in users' videos. The new capture controls allow you to pause your videos, add effects or apply timer-based time restrictions. The software is priced at £24.99, but you can currently purchase it for a discounted price of £12.49.
Friday, March 20, 2015
NEC Display Solutions Europe has released its new SpectraView II calibration software for PA series desktop monitors. “The importance and benefit of colour accuracy and colour management is connected with the rise of large format display applications in which image content branding and corporate identities increasingly need to be respected,” says Christopher Parker, Product Line Manager Desktop Displays at NEC Display Solutions Europe. “Additionally, high-end photography is no longer limited to the professional studio, as ‘prosumers’ also seek more life-like results from their displays. We are delighted to welcome SpectraView II software to the European market, with full confidence that it will continue the success seen in North America.” The NEC MultiSync PA-SV2 Desktop Display Series will ship with the SpectraView II calibration program aas standard. The suggested retail price for SpectraView II software as a standalone product is €89.
Adobe has released the final version of ACR 8.8 and DNG Converter 8.8. This update adds raw image file support for the Casio EX-ZR3500, the Canon EOS 750D and 760D, the Fujifilm X-A2 and XQ2. the Hasselblad Stellar II, the Nikon D5500, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II, the Panasonic GF7 and the Panasonic Lumix ZS50. It also adds several new lens profiles and bug fixes.
Corel has released an update to PaintShop Pro X7. Service Pack 2 adds support for raw files generated by the Canon EOS 7D MarkII, PowerShot G7X and PowerShot SX60HS, the Fujifilm S1, X100T and X30, the Nikon D750, D810, 1 J4 and 1 S2, the Leica D-LUX (Typ 109) and V-LUX (Typ 114), the Olympus E-PL7, the Pentax K-S1, the Panasonic CM1, LX100, FZ1000, GH4 and the GM5, the Samsung NX3000 and NX1, plus the Sony ILCA-A77M2, A7M2, and A7S. The update also brings a wealth of feature enhancements and bug fixes.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Bits&Coffee have released PhotoMarks 2.0, a batch photo watermarking program for Mac and PC. Enabling photographers, web designers and families to protect their copyrighted images quickly and efficiently on any computer. Version 2.0 adds drag-and-drop support for the Logo, Text watermark filters, and also for the Resize, Crop filters, compatibility withOS X Yosemite, Retina support for Macs and an improved user interface. The program can completely customise the appearance of text and logo watermarks, as well as perform additional edits like resize, rename, auto rotate, or decorate photos with frames, all in the same session. PhotoMarks runs on Mac OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion as well as Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, and XP. One license costs $29.95.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Digital Film Tools have released version 3.0 of EZ Mask,an easy-to-use interactive image masking tool. The application iteratively estimates the transparency value for every pixel in the image, based on a small sample of foreground and background pixels marked by simple strokes on the image, and is capable of extracting almost any object even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. Version 3.0 adds support for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
Defrozo is a free, all-in-one platform that helps photographers better market their work online. Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, Defrozo combines image hosting, website management, CRM, ecommerce, and workflow organisation tools in the integrated WordPress-based platform, all for free. Premium packages will also be available for those who require more storage space and advanced customisation options. By pledging $15 or more, Defrozo’s backers receive significant discounts on the premium subscription plans, as well as private access to the highest-level package during the entire development time. Currently in beta, Defrozo will be available to the general public in autumn.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Daminion's digital asset management software has been updated to version 3.7. This edition improves the user experience in both the Standalone and the Server versions, and integrates with the Active Directory to save time on server administration. A new Grouping feature and added functions in the Lightbox panel enable digital assets to be classified more accurately in version 3.7, and huge image files in Camera RAW, PSD, TIFF and BMP format can now be viewed much faster. Integration with the Windows Active Directory enables Daminion Server to sync with a company’s existing user database without having to manually entering user names and passwords. There’s also added support for MXF videos and Samsung SRW images.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Lightricks have launched a new photo editing app for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch devices. Billed as a "groundbreaking photo editing application that is poised to revolutionarise mobile photography," Enlight builds on state-of-the-art image processing technologies first implemented in Facetune by Lightricks' founding team, which includes four former computer science PhD students. Enlight is claimed to integrate the largest amount of features within a single mobile editing application, including features currently unavailable even on desktop. Enlight 1.0 is $3.99 and requires iOS 8.1 or later.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
DxO has released version 10.3 of Dxo Optics Pro, along with DxO FilmPack v5.1.1 and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.3. These updates provide support for new cameras such as the Nikon D5500, Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, and Olympus PEN E-PL7, as well as new correction tools. A new search engine has been added to the Source Browser to help users easily find and load any folder available on the operating system by simply typing its name. The OS X version also offers a new drag-and-drop feature that allows photographers to directly open a folder by dragging it into the Image Browser, providing quicker access to images. Additionally, the DxO Optics Modules library benefits from the addition of 422 new camera/lens combinations.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Iridient Digital has released Version 3 of Iridient Developer, an acclaimed raw image file conversion and photo processing software for Mac OS. This major update contains many new features and significant improvements throughout the application. Some of the key new features introduced in Version 3 include multiple new demosaicing algorithms for both Bayer and X-Trans sensors, new Clarity adjustment for enhancing midtone contrast, new options for adjusting overall tonality including an adaptive "Fill Light" style exposure adjustment and pixel neighborhood adaptive highlight/shadow adjustments,several new monochrome mixer conversion methods, a greatly simplified colour management setup, two new monochrome toning methods including Split Toning and Mono Tone, and much more. For those who have purchased a new or upgraded license after 14 April 2013 this update is free, but it's a paid upgrade for users who originally purchased a license prior to this date.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Showfy is an online media sharing service from Magix which allows users to upload and view pictures and videos from practically anywhere. Media uploaded to showfy are saved to so-called streams (galleries in the cloud). Users can be create and manage streams, and add them to a multitude of devices and operating systems. "Whether on your PC, smartphone, tablet or television, showfy supports more devices and platforms than any other sharing program," the company claims. "The showfy apps are available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, and showfy supports the latest devices from LG, Philips, Toshiba, Panasonic and Samsung. Users can also easily share vacation and wedding albums with friends and family in their own living rooms via the smart TV app and Google Chromecast." Showfy users can grant access to anyone by sending invitations via email. Magix guarantees that only the people they invite — and no one else — can view their favourite photos and videos. The basic showfy account is free, and offers every user 2GB of storage space for their media. Users that require more space can upgrade to showfy Premium for $1.99/month to increase their cloud storage to 25GB.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
BitTorrent have just launched Version 2.0 of Sync, their file hosting/sharing/synchronisation tool for Free BSD, Linux, Mac OS and Windows. Updates are also being rolled out to Android, iOS, Kindle and Windows Phone devices. "All of the core functionality we introduced in version 1.4 last August still exist in 2.0, letting you securely share folders across all platforms, with visibility into who has access," says Erik Pounds, Vice President of Product Management for BitTorrent Sync. "A bunch of new functionality has been added, from enhanced user interfaces across desktop and mobile platforms to a new certificates-based security model with even greater control and ease-of-use." The company has also introduced a Pro tier that adds additional functionality for business workgroups and individuals that need more capabilities and control. For more information, visit the website below.
Website: BitTorrent Blog
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Corel today introduced its VideoStudio Pro X8 and VideoStudio Ultimate X8 video editing packages. “VideoStudio is already known for delivering unmatched usability and power. With the new X8, we’re doing even more to help you bring your vision and stories to life. New effects provide opportunities to experiment and explore. Smarter features, a more intuitive UI, and enhanced performance make it easier to build your movies. VideoStudio X8 lets you work faster while focusing on the creative parts of your project,” said Michel Yavercovski, Director of Product Management for Corel video products. VideoStudio Ultimate X8 includes all the power of VideoStudio Pro X8, plus a collection of advanced special effects with plug-ins from proDAD, Boris Graffiti and NewBlue, providing over $500 in additional value. VideoStudio Pro X8 and VideoStudio Ultimate X8 are available now in English, German, French, Dutch, Italian and Traditional Chinese. Suggested retail pricing of VideoStudio Pro X8 is $79.99 / €69.99/ £59.99, VideoStudio Ultimate X8 is $99.99 / €89.99/ £79.99.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Really Nice Images have released RNI All Films 3.0. This edition adds a new Analogue Softness feature, which is designed to eliminate any visual differences between high-resolution digital photos and genuine film images. Additionally, this major update brings more than 170 new film presets plus enhanced colour accuracy and improved skin tones. RNI All Films 3.0 is available for Lightroom 4 / 5 / CC and for ACR for Photoshop 6 / CC. The package is priced at $122 and contains 5 "sub-packages": Negative, Slide, Instant, BW and Vintage. Those sub-packages can also be purchased individually for $49 each. Existing RNI All Films customers are entitled to a 50% discount.